A home swimming pool can be the ultimate place to relax and hang out. Whether you’re looking for some peace, cooling off on a hot summer day or having guests over on evenings, adding a pool to your home can bring a whole new dimension to your lifestyle.
Still, sometimes you’ll see pools that aren’t being used so often. Ideally, even if you’re going away or won’t be using your pool for a while, it still receives the same maintenance. However, if you’ve gone on vacation or have been too busy, it’s possible that your pool hasn’t been receiving the same amount of care.
Getting your pool back to its ideal state can require more effort than usual. Here are some considerations for ensuring that your infrequently used pool is in good condition.
Cleaning your pool can be a chore, and the larger the pool, the greater the area you have to cover. Filtration doesn’t get everything – over time, large debris and other sediments can gather at the corners and angles.
Make sure the bottom and walls of the pool are cleaned and disinfected – ideally, take care of this before you go, not after you get back. If you’re leaving home for an extended period, have a friend – or better, an experienced caretaker – do regular pool cleaning for you.
All pool owners know to treat their water with chemicals. The right balance will be able to eliminate microorganisms and inhibit algae growth, ensuring that you swim in clean waters with minimal discomfort. However, over time, the action of the sun and the elements will break down pool sanitizer, while debris accumulates in the pool and changes its chemical balance. Some chlorine products may also accumulate cyanuric acid over time while in storage, making them less effective once dispensed; be sure to check if your product uses a stabiliser.
A pool shock can help keep your water sanitised. While infrequent shocking is recommended in general, it’s helpful to overload on chlorine before and after a period of absence, to minimise the impact of the elements and organic matter.
If you forgot to shock before leaving, and are coming back to a green pool of algae, your treatment pH may need to go higher. Before you overload on chemicals, make sure your filtration system has appropriately resistant components, such as Bianco pumps.
As with human bodies, circulation is vital to your pool’s maintenance. Having good circulation means effective filtration of most particles from the water and better chemical dispersion. Thus, it lowers your pool’s dependence on regular cleaning and treatment. Even when not in use, your pool should be filtering at least 8-12 hours a day.
Unfortunately, since pumps, filters, and lines tend to be kept out of sight and not inspected as frequently as regular cleaning and chemical treatment, circulation problems can go unnoticed for some time.
Make sure you check your lines, pumps, and filters before and after you leave. Lines can leak, filters can get clogged. Specific types of filter material may require periodic replacement. Pump motors can sometimes leak, overheat, or fail to start. Even if you aren’t using your pool, regular inspection of the circulation can alert you to potential problems. Keep in mind that some maintenance in this area can be done on your own; at other times you may need a professional.
Among all the other benefits it provides, a pool is also an investment. Ensure its maintenance even when not in use, and you’ll continue to reap the rewards of having your home pool ready to go.